The voice tours on offer for the city of Cape Town in South Africa were produced in order to satisfy the needs of tourists that use a self-drive method to get around. These voice guided tours are a great option for individuals who have already done some research on Cape Town, but prefer the freedom that is limited when using a tour company.
These voice tours highlight specific routes by features or by towns and provide sufficient tourism as well as historical information. This range of tours is not a replacement for the organized tours but rather a method to enhance the individual’s adventures around Cape Town. The information included includes important information and highlights that allows the user to make their own decisions along their travels.
The VoiceMap App
VoiceMap is a downloadable app that includes paid for and free guided tours of various places in and around Cape Town. These VoiceMap tours were created by individuals who know the areas and subject matter well. This ensures that tourists are able to gain an inspiring experience.
One of the walks known as the A Maritime Meander involves just over 3km and is associated with the involved history of a tragic suicide, the earlier lighthouses and shipwrecks. The tour takes around 50 minutes. However, the time stipulated is only suggestive as the individual who uses one of these voice tours can spend as little or as much time in each area as they like.
The built in GPS system stays with the user and picks up where the person is located at any given time and when stopping to admire certain areas the commentary usually stops until the person moves onto a new area. Some of the voice tours cover Mouille Point that goes into Sea Point and then a tour through Green Point. The commentary around this tour will end when the user reaches Three Anchor Bay at a spot known as the Five White Horses. This area involves a jungle gym where various fitness enthusiasts can be seen doing a number of free workouts.
It is important for tourists or anyone else that uses this VoiceMap to realize that these routes are not regarded as circular and it is suggested to make use of the convenient MyCiTi buses to get back to a starting point.
Currently this VoiceMap features 20 tours that can be individually downloaded onto a Smartphone. Each is well narrated and written by opinionated and informed locals that make use of a publishing tool that link up with their personal version. These stories are then linked up to the GPS co-ordinates. In this way commentary plays automatically for the specified location along the various routes.
One of the attractions to these VoiceMaps is that it allows tourists to enjoy the verbal company of a storyteller that is local to the area. This advantage gives the tourist an insight to different perspectives along with the choice to explore these areas at their own pace. What is also appealing is that this collection of voice guided tours is extremely varied along with the storytellers that impart their own versions of their stories.
One of the tours includes a walk through the township known as Khayelitsha, narrated by a Zimbabwean resident. Another tour includes a story from a sailor and surfer man along the Mouille Point Promenade. Another author is a genealogist from Asian lineage about the roots connected to slavery that occurred in the area of the Cape. Philip Todres leads a tour around “Green Point”, the producer of the Cape Town Green Map and Map My Way’s.
The audio tours for VoiceMap’s covers more than 19 cities across the globe and with the release of the 20th walking tours in the city of Cape Town, this has been regarded as just the tip of the iceberg in relation to this unique storytelling medium.
Cape Town represents many possibilities and diversity when it comes to walking tours in this area. The variety of these tours continues to increase and offers tourists, residents as well as Capetonians an app that enables them to explore various areas in the city in surprisingly new and exciting ways.